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James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in the Mail on Sunday.

Labour Party leader Ed Miiband, Plaid Cymru Party leader Leanne Wood, Green Party leader Natalie Bennett, Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon and Ukip leader Nigel Farage after the BBC Challengers' Election Debate 2015 at Central Hall Westminster, London..

Ed Miliband’s gamble paid off but the Scottish question still haunts him

16 April 2015 22:56

Ed Miliband took a risk by turning up to this debate and until the last question it looked like it had definitely paid off. Miliband avoided conceding too much to… Continue reading

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Labour Leader Ed Miliband leaves Methodist Central Hall after paying a short visit ahead of tonight's Live TV debate on April 16, 2015 in London, England.

Why Ed Miliband is taking part in tonight’s TV debate

16 April 2015 18:16

Tonight Ed Miliband takes one of the big risks of the campaign. He debates with Nicola Sturgeon, Nigel Farage, Leanne Wood and Natalie Bennett. All of these leaders will be… Continue reading

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Tories and Labour keeping policies up their sleeves

16 April 2015 15:45

Three weeks from now, people will be voting and the parties will just be getting a sense of how this election is shaking out. But in a sign of how… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg at the Lib Dem manifesto launch.

Clegg’s offer to voters: I’ll be the Tories’ heart and Labour’s brain

15 April 2015 12:44

The Lib Dem manifesto launch was typically Liberal Democrat. Nick Clegg offered a robust defence of the coalition declaring simply that it ‘worked’. He argued that it had proved the… Continue reading

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Conservative Party Launch Their Election Manifesto

David Cameron reveals his hawkish side

14 April 2015 17:47

Security is the watchword of this Tory election campaign. But today the Tories put just as much of an emphasis on national security as economic security. The message was, to put… Continue reading

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Prime Minister David Cameron Makes A Speech About The Financial Markets

Cameron declares that the Tories are the ‘party of working people’ as he pledges to extend right to buy

13 April 2015 23:17

Tomorrow’s Tory manifesto will contain the boldest policy proposal of this campaign so far. The party will promise to extend the right to buy to 1.3 million families living in… Continue reading

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Liberal Democrats Leader Nick Clegg Visits Scotland

Nick Clegg sets out red lines for coalition negotiations with Labour and the Tories

13 April 2015 20:59

Nick Clegg produced Lib Dem red lines for any coalition with either Labour or the Tories in an interview with Evan Davis this evening. Clegg said that he wouldn’t go… Continue reading

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Music to the SNP’s ears: Vote Labour, get more austerity

13 April 2015 17:31

As Jim Murphy tries to turn back the SNP surge, he has been arguing that a Labour government wouldn’t result in endless austerity. He has repeatedly cited the Institute for… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband, leader of the U.K. opposition Labour Party, gestures as he unveils the party's 2015 general election manifesto in Manchester, U.K., on Monday, April 13, 2015.

Why Labour’s bold manifesto move won’t work

13 April 2015 13:49

Labour’s manifesto is the most daring move of this campaign so far. The party has decided to try and address one of its biggest weaknesses on page 1 of the… Continue reading

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This week, the Tories must seize the initiative

12 April 2015 12:45

Even Tory insiders admit that while they broadly had the better of the first week of the campaign, Labour had the better of the week just gone.  This makes it… Continue reading

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U.K. Chancellor Of The Exchequer George Osborne Delivers 2015 Spring Budget

Tories try to use their lead on the economy to bolster their position on the NHS

12 April 2015 10:39

The Tories believe that their record in government and their lead on economic competence means that they can set out spending commitments without having to set out precisely how they… Continue reading

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Keynote Speech By New Leader Of The SNP Nicola Sturgeon

What’s going on in Scotland

11 April 2015 11:04

If the election in England is the political equivalent of trench warfare with Labour and the Tories inching forwards and then back, what’s going on in Scotland is a rout… Continue reading

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The referendum is still defining Scottish politics

8 April 2015 18:07

One of the most striking things about Scotland is how the referendum still dominates politics here. I’ve seen more Yes posters and stickers than I’ve seen posters for any political… Continue reading

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First Minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon (3rd R) speaks as (L-R) Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy and Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie look on during the Scottish Television Debate at the Assembly Rooms on April 7, 2015 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Three ways the Scottish leaders’ debate will affect the UK general election campaign ​

7 April 2015 23:11

Tonight’s Scottish debate isn’t going to fundamentally alter the dynamics of this general election campaign in Scotland. But it will reverberate through the UK-wide general election campaign. Both Ed Miliband… Continue reading

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The Scottish TV debates offer Labour one final chance to hold back the SNP advance

7 April 2015 10:57

Tonight’s Scottish leaders’ debate in Edinburgh is as important to the general election campaign as last week’s debate featuring Cameron, Miliband et al in Manchester. Both this debate and the… Continue reading

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Why all this talk of a hung parliament could be a self-fulfilling prophecy

6 April 2015 17:18

In a close campaign, you would normally expect the smaller parties to get squeezed as voters decided that is really a choice between Labour and the Tories. But this time,… Continue reading

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David Cameron Speaks At The Conservative Party General Election Rally

Tories convinced ‘moment of maximum danger’ has passed

5 April 2015 12:45

On Thursday night, David Cameron didn’t eviscerate the competition. But nor did he suffer any damage and that, to Tory high command, meant that it was job done. The Tory… Continue reading

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Britain might want a holiday from history, but we’re not going to get one

4 April 2015 11:06

The more I think about the debate on Thursday night, the more I think it was a disgrace that there was no question on either defence or Britain’s role in… Continue reading

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Five things to watch for during tonight’s debate

2 April 2015 13:00

1) Can Natalie Bennett do enough to spark another Green surge? After Natalie Bennett’s infamous ‘brain fade’ the Green surge faded away. The media stopped giving the Greens the attention… Continue reading

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Cameron at a Conservative Election Rally. Getty Images.

Will there be a late swing to the Tories?

1 April 2015 12:29

Perhaps, the biggest question of this campaign is whether the Tories will gain support in the next five and a bit weeks. If they don’t, Cameron will almost certainly lose… Continue reading

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Can Natalie Bennett exceed expectations on Thursday night?

31 March 2015 12:09

Few politicians can have gone into a debate with lower expectations than Natalie Bennett. After her ‘brain fade’ on LBC, the Green leader has been roundly written off. There have… Continue reading

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Cameron: It is me or Miliband

30 March 2015 12:55

It is rare for politicians to mention their opponents by name – don’t give them the publicity is the normal approach. But standing in Downing Street just now to announce… Continue reading

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Stakes raised ahead of Thursday night’s debate

29 March 2015 13:00

The stakes have been raised, at least psychologically, for Thursday night’s debate. Today’s YouGov poll has Labour four points ahead, in contrast to a two point Tory lead in their… Continue reading

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David Cameron: ‘This is a high stakes, high risk election’

28 March 2015 13:50

The Tories want to frame this election as a straight choice between David Cameron and Ed Miliband. So, today Cameron delivered some of his most direct attacks on Miliband yet.… Continue reading

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Kay Burley of Sky News, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Jeremy Paxman of Channel 4 pose ahead of the filming of  'Cameron & Miliband ; The Battle For Number 10' on March 26, 2015 in London, England.

Despite Cameron’s win, Labour will be happy with Ed Miliband’s Q&A performance

26 March 2015 23:48

David Cameron won tonight’s TV head to head with Ed Miliband according to an instant ICM poll. The poll for the Guardian gives the evening to Cameron 54-46. Though, it… Continue reading

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